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Dec 7, 2011 6:00pm EST
-ass"bbc wos america." syria's president strikes back. he says he is not responsible for the recent bloodshed. >> i did my best to tell people you should not go guilty would you did your best. you do not feel guilty when you do not kill people. inote ling for oa rev- russia. the recent president said the recent vote should be in a live boy. coming home. we travel to fort hood, texas, where the joye is tinge with sacrifice. withhe joy is tinged sacrifice. welcome to our viewers on pbs, america, and around the globe. during the past nine months the people of syria have taken to the streets in protest against their government, and over 4000 have paid with their life. in rare television interview with barbara walters, the syrian president, bashar al-assad, flatly denied he ordered the use of brutality. instead blaming the violence on others. paul would starts the coverage -- paul woods starts the coverage. >> day after day unarmed syrian protectors have come out to face machine guns, snipers, and army vehicles. the costs so far is 4000 dead mom. . but in his abc interview, bashar al-assad did is
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Dec 7, 2011 7:00pm EST
tensions in syria with a surprising denial of president assad that he ordered a deadly crackdown on protesters. >> brown: and censer michels reports on the discovery of a so called goldilocks planet. not too hold, not too cold, maybe just right to support life. >> it will be hard to learn too much more about the potentially habitable planets any time soon since it's 600 light years away. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's naur. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the secretary of health and human services has waded into the politically charged issue of birth control r younger girls. in a very publi
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Dec 9, 2011 6:00pm EST
say at least 24 people have been killed in renewed anti-government protests across syria. four children were said to be among the demonstrations that take place after a friday prayer. it is estimated 14000 people have died in the uprising against president al-assad since march. a spokesman for syria's foreign ministry said the president was appalled and saddened by the ongoing violence. during a press conference he also called on the international community to help syria find an exit to the crisis. >> we are appealing to the outside world and our brothers all over the world to help syria through this and to stop in sight met -- and to stop inciting people, pressuring, ching. this is not helping syria. if you affect this area institutions, there will be no ability to build the state. >> syria is still under international pressure. >>> a fierce fire ripped through a hospital in india, killing at least 90 people. many of them were patients who became trapped. it took firefighters in calcutta five hours to get the blaze under control, and fleeing medical staff are accused of abando
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Dec 2, 2011 6:00pm EST
continues in syria, and the death toll mounts, the international community ramps up pressure on the assad regime. >> now warming temperatures have meant less sea ice. >> and a legendary broadcaster issues a warning on climate change and the impact it's having before our very eyes. welcome to our vurings on pbs america and around the world. 8.6%. you will be hearing a lot of it from the white house. it's the number u.s. unemployment fell to last month. down a healthy chunk from october. it's a glimmer of good news for the u.s. economy. and it brings unemployment down to its lowest level in 2 1/2 years. no wonder president obama is smiling. >> merry christmas, everybody. >> and what a christmas gift the president has got. ♪ >> it's not exactly wonderland. but getting america's unemployment comfortably below 9% is a welcome boost. many of the 120,000 extra jobs created last month came in retail. shoppers dug into their purses and stores for extra workers to help. results, a little economic fairy dust. but mr. obama already knows the trend won't last if congress doesn't act. >> we need to k
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Dec 27, 2011 7:00pm EST
the arab league got a firsthand look today at open rebellion in syria. the arab officials journeyed to the battered city of homs, where the military pulled back and up to 70,000 protesters turned out. we begin our coverage with this report from independent television news, narrated by alex thomson. >> reporter: the arab league delegation, possibly all that now stands between syria and civil war, hearing it straight from the people of homz. they beg the observers to come to a district that has seen heavy fighting here. they're led by this man. and the observers seem to mean business. they went. they got here, too. "we want the president executed" they chant. tens of thousands gathered to protest here peacefully against the regime. the regime which had already pulled heavy armor out of the ancient city very publicly before the observers arrived. and after that, volleys of tear gas from the syrian army trying but failing to stop people reaching today's mass rally in town. >> we withdrew early but the rest of the time we're hidden in government buildings in the area. we feel very optimi
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Dec 28, 2011 6:00pm EST
." >> the loss of life in syria despite the presence of arab league monitors. the north koreans pay their last respects to kim jong un hill and all eyes turned to the regime's new leaders. escalating sectarian violence in nigeria as christians warned that they will respond following a wave of deadly islam as the tax. welcome to "bbc world news." palestinian police rushed in to break up a brawl between rival priests at the church of the nativity in bethlehem. could the colosseum in rome be crumbling? violence is continuing in syria despite the presence of the arab league monitoring mission. 10 people were killed including one child on wednesday. syrian state television is report that 755 people held in their role in the uprising have been released but activists say as many as 15,000 remain in prison. this report does contain distressing images. >> no let up in the violence even with the arab league monitors whose mission is to try to stem the bloodshed. these images from the town of homs which emerged after the team said the situation was reassuring. opposition activists are determined to show
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Dec 13, 2011 6:00pm EST
of questions in pakistan. now to syria where the united nations says the 5000 people have been killed in the government crackdown on protesters that began in march. and still, the international community isn't speaking with one voice. moscow's foreign minister angrily accused the west of taking had a moral stance by pressuring the president while not condemning the armed extremist groups trying to oust him. for more, a senior fellow at the hoover institute. thank you for joining me. the 5000 people dead since march. the russians say that it is the west that is immoral, not speaking up for the president. there is no consensus? >> it was only 10 days ago that the united nations estimated that 4000 people had been killed since the rebellion erupted in syria. we added 1000 people in the last few days. 1500 people have died in the epicenter of this fight between the book tour, the regime, and his population. libya let us astray. it we thought libya would be the example the before and rescue mission would come to syria and alas, we know better. >> the numbers seem to have increased. what is
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Dec 17, 2011 1:00am EST
and that right now we would all be focusing on the instability in syria. >> rose: where do you think it is today in a broad sense terms of its power to dominate 2012? >> the arab spring, charlie. >> rose: yes. >> yeah, we talked about this because you and i were together the night mubarak fell in tahrir square. one of the things i remember about being there th week in egypt is that some day i would love to design a journalism course just aut that week. because i don't remember if we talked about in in cairo, charlie but my rule in that week has been my rule ever since, is that whenever you see elephants fly, shut up and take notes. i felt like in cairo elephants were flying. we were seeing things, when everyone tells me the arab spring is going to be this, going to that be it is going to be wonderful, internal. you didn't see it coming, what makes you think you know where it's going, okay. shut up and take notes. and so that's really my overarching, you know, attitude right now, charlie. what strikes me is several people have pointed this out there was a saying after the russian revolution, demo
WETA
Dec 27, 2011 6:00pm EST
." >> israeli outrage against ultra-orthodox jews. arab league observers began working in syria. the u.s. accuses damascus of step attacks against its own people at of their arrival. a new outpouring of public grief is expected on the streets of p'yongyang. a very warm welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and our around the world. how this iconic paris cathedral fell in and out of favor and back in again. the giant outdoor escalator transforming lives and one of columbia's poorest neighborhoods. several thousand israelis have demonstrated in the town of beit shemesh to condemn the behavior of old so orthodox jews who want to segregate between the sexes. the behavior of -- the israeli president has said a minority in israel is acting is -- is acting outrageously. >> by early evening, thousands had gathered in beit shemesh angry at the treatment of women by ultra orthodox jews who want greater separation between the sexes. in recent months, many israelis have been shocked of grown men hurl abuse at school girls. their crime, dressing in modestly. >> >> over the weekend, israeli telev
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Dec 30, 2011 6:00pm EST
. is there too much emphasis on this one solution? now in syria, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to show the level of anti-government sentiment. they fired on the protesters. at 35 were killed. the united states has called upon the syrian government to give observers access. >> a mass turnout of anti- dormant protesters are across the country. -- anti-government protesters across the country. as has been the case all week, and violence. this is a suburb of the capital damascus. demonstrators have running battles with security forces. people did the best that they could to help the injured. nearby, there appear to be a large number of arrests. what happened to these men is not known. we cannot verify these pictures. across syria, activists say that dozens were killed today. all this under the eyes of arab league observers, surrounded by people desperate to tell their story. activists say that over 150 people have been killed. protesters have reported clashes across the country. more than 60 monitors on the ground have managed to visit a few of these places. exactly
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Dec 15, 2011 7:00pm EST
. >> woodruff: margaret warner updates the rising death toll and allegations of human rights abuses in syria. >> brown: miles o'brien has the story of scientists growing tissue to repair or replace human organs. >> here they are using-- pig bladders to help grow human muscle, that's right, pig bladders, turns out they are a good source of a fundamental biological building block known as the extra cellular matrix. >> and ray suarez talks to david margoulic about two women whose lives were changed by a photographic from the civil war era. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> intelligent computing technology is making its way into everything from cars to retail signs to hospitals; creating new enriching experiences. through intel's philosophy of investing for the future, we're helping to bring these new capabilities to market. we're investing billions of dollars in r&d around the globe to help create the technologies that we hope will be the heart of tomorrow's innovations. i believe that by investing today in technologi
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Dec 23, 2011 7:00pm EST
and extend the tax cut and benefits for a full year. in syria, a troubling escalation in the uprising against the assad dictatorship. today, car bombs were used for the first time since the protests began nine months ago. the government says at least 44 people were killed. the two powerful bombs exploded moments apart. outside the offices of government intelligence in damascus. the cars were ripped apart and windows blown out blocks away. the assad dictatorship quickly blamed al qaeda and that would fit the government's contention that the uprising against assad is led by terrorists. but one rebel group claimed today that it's more likely that the government bombed its own buildings to discredit the rebellion. it was in march that the protests were met with troops and tanks, the assad family has ruled syria for 41 years. first hafez al-assad and now his son bashar. they have suppressed all opposition and in 1982 the regime killed tens of thousands of civilians. assad has been under growing pressure since the transformation known as the arab spring. dictators have fallen in egypt, tunisia, and
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Dec 1, 2011 6:00pm EST
history in burma, hillary clinton dines with aung san suu kyi. syria's opposition and army defectors unite just as a top u.n. official announces the country is in a state of civil war. >> the right hon. gentleman knows that we had no choice but to close the pool. >> meryl streep takes on margaret thatcher on the big screen. she talks exclusively to the bbc about her role as the iron lady. >> i wanted to in some way capture what ever it was that drew people to her. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs and around the globe. it is not too often that you get dinner with an icon of peace but today the u.s. secretary of state makes history when she had dinner with the nobel prize laureate, aung san suu kyi. hillary clinton is the most senior official to visit the country in more than half a century. where is the guarantee that this new openness will actually last? our reporter is traveling with mrs. clinton and her report has flash photography. >> an american secretary of state shaking hands with the president's, thein sein. then a meeting with the opposition leader, aung san suu kyi. both were unth
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Dec 12, 2011 6:00pm EST
in a real maliki stand side by side. >> the war is ended. >> syria hold local elections, but in a country where more than 5000 have reportedly been killed. taking scullin by storm after arriving from china. today was the time for the and a pair of sweet and sunshine to meet the press. -- the panda pair swee and sunshine to meet the press. welcome. the troops are coming home, but america is not abandoning the middle east. that was president obama's message today as he stood by prime minister maliki today. after nine long controversial years, on december 31, the last american troops will leave the country. but can the u.s. be influential without having boots on the ground? >> present! >> prime minister maliki asked to come to arlington national cemetery where thousands of americans who died in iraq are buried. today, they honored the dead. and for mr. obama today, and warning to iraq caused powerful overbearing neighbor iran. >> just as iraq has pledged not to interfere with other nations, other nations must not interfere in iraq. iraq's sovereignty must be respected. >> the prime minister
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Dec 23, 2011 6:30pm EST
suicide bombs killed dozens in syria, two cars blew up at the security areas and no one has claimed responsibility, some pointed to al qaeda, this is a day after the arab officials came to help with ending a plan to the bloodshed. >>> the gop candidates are making a final push and mitt ramallah is trying to show that he is the best republican in the race, but he fired back after taking a shot from the obama administration. the vice-president slammed his economic proposals -- you wonder in what respect he lives in. he should get out and meet with people and he seems to think he and the president made things better. >> ron paul is favored to win in iowa and he is tarting the areas around the shore. >>> a man that disappeared over the weekend and tonight a memorial service was held. another man was pull frd the water and then died, the girl friend that was rescued had hypothermia. >>> more on a santa sleigh colliding with a jet in a display and more on the retiring ed hale and more on the air jordans. look for the updated forecast, it is the first morning weather team. >>> we will have
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Dec 15, 2011 1:00am EST
in places like tunisia and egypt and libya, syria, this is not risking getting pepper spray order tear gassed only but risking livelihood and live and death. >> there's a difference of what happens in the west and the east and we'll get to that but everybody is taking risks and the folks there are risking their lives to have governments like we have here which the people here are protest whh is is one of the ironies of this t also one of the this that connects them both. >> charlie: when someone suggests oyou thought of this as the ultimate choice say like kurt said, did it overwhelm you where you cannot think of anything else. >> we start thinking about this halfway through the year and at the halfway point of the year we were talking about the arab spring and how revolutionary that was and how world historical that was buts it became contagious as this idea spread to europe and elsewhere in the middle east it seemed to me a much larger phenomenon of people fed up and frustrad b also people who want more democracy in the arab world they want democracy, here they want democracy to be m
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Dec 5, 2011 6:00pm EST
. a day after the latest deadline for damascus to sign the deal expired, a spokesman for syria's foreign ministry said syria expressed readiness to allow in observers. the man who used to leave the ivory coast -- lead the ivory coast, laurent gbagbo, has appeared in front of the criminal court at the hague. he is charged with responsibility for blood sport -- for bloodshed following elections in the spring. he is the first military leader, to be tried since the inception in 2002. foreign support is crucial to stability of afghanistan. the conference concluded with promises of tough anti- corruption moves by the afghans and pledges of sustained a buy the rest of the world. in the u.s., it may be 11 months until election day, but the political drama is in full swing. this weekend, republican nominee herman cain suspended his campaign, and now it is reality tv host donald trump who is grabbing headlines. today, newt gingrich became the latest candidate to visit trump in new york, seeking his support. it is the announcement trump is scheduled to moderate a debate that has some up in arms. a
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Dec 6, 2011 7:00pm EST
of the f.a.a.in 2009. at least 50 people were killed in syria in the last 24 hours, oln viceet bwen en rival muslim factions. activists said it happened in the city of homs overnight, after a spate of kidnappings earlier on monday. amateur video showed victims lying injured in the streets before being taken away for treatment. the violence pitted members of president bashar assad's minority alawite shi-ites against the majority sunnis. also today, assad received public support from sheikh hassan nasrallah, the leader of hezbollah in neighboring lebanon. >> we support the reforms in syria, and we stand with the regime against the resistance movement. there are some people who do not want reform, security and stability in syria. and neither civil peace nor dialogue. there are people who want to destroy syria, to make up for their defeat in iraq. and syria is a partner in defeating the americans in iraq. >> sreenivasan: the syrian government has come under growing pressure from new sanctions imposed by the u.s., the european union and the arab league. and in egypt, the leader of the musli
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Dec 8, 2011 1:00am EST
. >> charlie: matthew dowd on politics and clarissa rd on syria when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: we began with politics. newt gingrich's surge in the poll has changed the complexion of the republican primary contest within month before the caucus, gingrich rides a wave of momentum some believe can carry him to the nomination. skeptics doubt he has adequate funding and organization to sustain a protractive battle with mitt mitt romney, there are questions about his viability as an opponent against obama. matthew dowd a strategist for george b. bush currently an analt for bloomberg news. i'm pleased to have him back at this table. welcome. >> great to be here, charlie. >>> explain this to me because you are one of those who said before cane cain watch out. >> this has been a series of primaries so four without votes being held so far is t anti-romney coalition that's moved around. first it was michele bachmann, then it was rick perry, bill flounder and herman cain and he floundered. for me watchin
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Dec 12, 2011 7:00pm EST
's foreign policy toward two key neighbors. on syria, the obama administration has called for president bashar al-assad to step down over his government's violent crackdown on the opposition. iraq has yet to advocate any strong action against assad. >> even if there are tactical disagreements between iraq and the united states at this point in how to deal with syria, i have absolutely no doubt that these decisions are being made based on what prime minister maliki believes is best for iraq. >> brown: the president likewise played down concerns that iran's influence over iraq is growing. >> his interest is maintaining iraqi sovereignty, and preventing meddling by anybody inside of iraq. and i believe him. >> brown: the leaders went on to meanwhile, in iraq today a sign of the times. u.s. troops handed over another major base to iraqi forces, this one located south of baghdad in hilla. >> i am happy for the iraqi people, that they are able to secure themselves and are looking at their best interests. i am also very happy that we are upholding the security agreement and leaving on time. >>
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Dec 30, 2011 7:00pm EST
. >> sreenivasan: an outpouring of antigovernment protesters filled cities across syria today. it marked a new challenge to president bashar al-assad. the opposition reported as many as 250,000 people turned out in iblid and hama, and there were many thousands more in homes, douma, and daraa. troops gunned down at least 22 people. we have a report narrated by andy davies of independent television news. >> reporter: homs, in the northwest syria this morning, some are now calling this the martyr city, given the numbers killed here in recent months. in front of the camera reads the message, "this is the friday for marching towards the squares of freedom." and so they did, gathering in their thousands in the city's main square, significantly, for the first time in months. across syria, the opposition movement rallied its support base following friday prayers. hundreds of thousands reportedly took to the streets. emboldened, perhaps, by the recent arrival of arab league monitors in the country. it's intended as a statement to those observers, raging violence will not quell this uprising. this foota
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Dec 23, 2011 6:00pm EST
back from break. >>> still to come, bombing in syria and who some people think was behind the attack. >> the earthquakes in new zealand, sparking massive understood slides. the maryland make over, i'm here for the big reveal on the dome's new look. >> it will not absent white christmas, but what can we expect? the holiday forecast is coming up. >> with the holidays almost here, we are asking for your help as we deck the halls. here is what you sent to us. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, . >>> this is the oldest working state capitol in the country and the political reporter said that the indianapolis residents are pleased with the new look. >> they packed up the last of the scaffolds after 2500 people worked to paint and fix the state house dome and leaving every historic detail intact. the last renovation required restoring wood from dry rot and then the state was shut down for a 9 million renovation to rewire and replace the air conditioning and found out more on the structure. the dome was built with wood strap and straps and not nails. >> i'm thrilled, it is the best i have seen it. >> the last
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Dec 24, 2011 6:30pm EST
. >>> in the middle east a massfuneral was held in syria. it turned into a show of support for the president who blamed the bombing on kite. -- al qaeda. the government >>> more than 100,000 pilgrimsand tourists crowded into bethlehem's square. and at the vatican pope benedict lit a can can't candle. >>> coming up on tonight's cbsnews. an iraqi translator fearing for his life after the departure of the u.s. troops he helped. >>> hi i want to give a shoutout to my family in san antonio texas. i love you, i miss you, merry christmas, happy holidays. >>> it didn't take long withindays of the last u.s. troops leaving iraq's a wave of violence swept through baghad this week. 16 bombs exploded killing 70 people and wounding another 200. last week we met one iraqi worried about his safety because he worked were the americans. in a follow-up elizabeth palmer talks about his spiking gear. >> days after the u.s. withdrewthe last troops from iraq and the political battle raging this new violence invoked fears that this country may be headed for a civil war. the bombs hit too close to home for a man we cal
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Dec 10, 2011 1:00am EST
is that it will turn in libya, probably better than in egypt or tunesia. think of what --. >> rose: or syria. >> syria, syria for the moment, the real emergency is to get rid of bashar al-assad and this daily bloodbath 30, 40, 50 dead every day. but in libya, in part because of this involvent of the west, in part because of thismage the west gave to the people of libya, it might turn well. >> but there is a lot of competition among diverse groups who are part of the effort to overthrow qaddafi there is competition for power. there is competition for influence. >> like in all democracies. >> but it was a tribal community too. >> yes, but not-- not so much, there is less tribal division today than before. iaw, i was witness on that duri all the time of the war. my feeling is that the common fight, the brotherhoodin battles did reduce the tribe influence. and ielate in the book one gathering of all tribes of libya which was organized of which i was witness and so on. and i saw the overwhelming of this tribal division. so it is not the mainstream, and in the new government which was formed a few days ago,
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Dec 29, 2011 6:00pm EST
on record. making sure that the votes counted in the jamaican elections. in syria, protesters have taken to the streets where arab league observers have been focusing. up to 40 people have been killed across the country including four in a damascus suburbs. the observers visited deraa, idlib, and hama. >> in idlib, protesters called for the overthrow the regime and the execution of the president. the presence of international monitors has not changed the course of the uprising or the ferocity of the regime's response. in hama, one of the cradles of the protest movement, troops reportedly opened fire. activists say at least 10 people were killed. there was similar scenes in deraa. the pictures are hard to verify but in a northern suburb of damascus, monitors were visiting city hall when security forces were said to have opened fire on demonstrators. how am partial candies arab league monitors be when some of their own governments are also cracking down on similar popular uprisings? >> the forces are reliant for their safety and freedom of movements on the very people they're supposed to b
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Dec 30, 2011 12:30am EST
that syria did you give me these great segues into a conversation i wrote this down. i love this line in ton omserf w ms you open the text about your childhood. you say, "i was born into poverty and for a long time poverty was all i thought i would know. it defined me in the depths of my soul. " speaking of never giving up, particularly given where you started, how does poverty still define you? >> first of all, poverty continues to exist. it appearance seems to be relentless not only all of the things in america but also globally. we are over 7 billion people on earth. i do not see any philosophical analysis that suggests we know how to get out of this. what we need to do, people are not prepared to commit themselves even those who want to be outside of this oppression everyone is experiencing. nobody wants to step in and stopped the machine that perpetuates this relationship to poverty. many who have nothing as opposed to the few who have everything. as long as these disparities remain between people and forces, i think we will be in a perpetual state of a people. i was born into poverty.
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Dec 8, 2011 6:00pm EST
of their client states -- syria, libya, have had bad years. they have concerns about progress of a missile defense system. things are not going well from their standpoint in terms of u.s.-russia relations. you have mutual shots across the bal here. >> this is very different from the hillary clinton who stood there and pushed the reset button with sergei lavrov. this is noticeably different. >> putin will be reelected president and america will have to deal with him. there are areas where the u.s. and russia can continue to operate but there are some strains in the relationship. >> thank you very much for coming in. but rare putin clearly planning on staying around a long time. -- vladimir putin clearly planning on staying around for a long time. robert mugabe is also planning on staying around for a long time. he spoke at the annual congress. he has been in power for the past 31 years. even after a power-sharing deal was struck, there remain serious concerns in the country. >> he still has his fans here, president mugabe's face on almost everything. the man himself our rights to declare that he wo
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Dec 14, 2011 6:00pm EST
something about it. >> yet, there are some exceptions. i think of syria, where you have majorities protesting against the minority. >> that is the shape it has taken. it did not start out this way. it is worth remembering that the syrian uprising was almost identical to the one we saw in egypt, tunisia. the regime has successfully fought back by characterizing this as a shia versus sunni thing, and i'm afraid that is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. but it is still a revolution in progress. there are still many steps. thank you very much for joining us. on the short list for person of the year coming in at no. 5 was kate middleton. if you did not get enough of her this year, do not worry. you will see plenty of her and the rest of the royal family in 2012. our royal correspondent has more on the and itinerary. >> the golden jubilee of 2002 brought up the crowd and took the queen and her husband to different parts of the united kingdom. the program for the diamond jubilee is said by buckingham palace to be even more extensive. the queen will concentrate on the united kingdom acr
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Dec 15, 2011 6:00pm EST
the neighbors. there's uncertainty with syria. there's covetedness from iran. there is a nation that is like a border -- iraq is a border state. it's got to maintain relations with all its neighbors and it's got frictions in the north and east and west. >> but you don't agree with those who say that by pulling out now, america has unnecessarily emboldened iran? >> no, because there is a lot of other pressures on iran first, but secondly, this was discussed with the government of iraq, and they weren't prepared to have u.s. troops stay there and have the kind of legal immunity that's required for troops to take action in a foreign country. they understood what the consequences would be. they made that decision, and frankly, after all this time, if you listen to the expressions of popular support and they say they're happy that we're going, good. i think we should listen to people. we've done an awful lot in iraq, some of it didn't work out as well, but a lot of it was with the greatest intentions and there have been some tremendous accomplishments by our soldiers, our men and women in uniform
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Dec 16, 2011 6:00pm EST
remain unknown. >> france has rejected russia's proposed new u.n. resolution on syria. on thursday, moscow surprised at the council by circulating a new draft resolution on the crisis, criticizing the violence but making no mention of sanctioned. the french foreign ministry said it was unacceptable but it did say that it was a positive step that moscow recognized the need to react. it is now up to the voters to decide. after months of campaigning, last night the republican hopefuls in the u.s. presidential race took to the stage one last time in iowa before people there make their pick. a lot is riding on the first contest of 2012 and each candidate is trying to play to their strength while hoping that their weaknesses do not play to them on caucus night. -- plague them on caucus night. how do you think that the candidates are shaping up? >> we have the dynamic of this race which has been one candidate who is extremely consistent and constant in his 20%, 25% support. he has been challenged. he has been at the top of the hill. one after the other charges the hill and then seems to t
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Dec 13, 2011 1:00am EST
? >> just in the green room i was listening to your previous guests talking about what's happening in syria and afghanistan and the see ya/sunni split is dramatized and still alive in shakespeare's work live in an england ill shaking with the reformation between the new protestant rulers have more or le illegalized catlicism which was the religion for ages in britain and that conflict runs through shakespeare's work like a print in rock. >> rose: you also said once that to say... for people to say if it's not in the next it's not teibly creative. >> i think the text has always goto be the starting point. partly because one of the... >> rose: all t text? >> one of them... one of the most important bits of magic about shakespeare is that he was he was writing... before print real took over he himself spelt h name probably about 15 different ways, let alone all the other words in his work. we've got very little manuscript of his. but his spelling is appalling. what was regular, what he knew about was the sound of words, the embodied quality of the words. so his text is not meant to be read. yo
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Dec 21, 2011 7:00pm EST
a gallon. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: there has been a massacre in syria. human rights groups say bashar al-assad's troops have killed more than 100 defecting soldiers and activists this week near the turkish border. cell phone video posted on the internet ployeds our only glimpse inside syria. despite the bloody crackdown, thousands continue to protest throughout the country. today, the white house said once again it's time for assad to go. it is a cinematic masterpiece, and now a piece of history from "citizen kane" has sold at auction. that's next. >> pelley: america's retailers are getting what they wanted for christmas-- new numbers out today show that holiday sales are better than expected, up 2.5% from last year. online sales alone total $32 billion so far, and that's 15% more than a year ago. also on the way up is our weight, and that has forced the u.s. coast guard to cut the number of people allowed to be carried on ferries. the time was the average passenger weighed 160 pounds, and in washington state, most of the puget sound ferries could carry 2,000 people.
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Dec 26, 2011 7:00pm EST
. the arab league sent monitors into syria today, even as the opposition reported new killings. amateur video showed government tanks firing shells in the city of homs. activists also reported machine gun and mortar fire, and said 23 people were killed. the opposition says government forces have killed 275 civilians in the last week. fighting between soldiers and army defectors has claimed another 150 lives. a government report in japan today depicted a cascade of confusion and mistakes after an earthquake and tsunami overwhelmed a nuclear plant. the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear reactor lost power and cooling when its backup generators were destroyed. that triggered core meltdowns, radiation leaks, and hydrogen explosions. the interim report concluded that plant workers had not been trained to handle such a crisis. it also found the government delayed giving full accounts of how bad things were, and how much radiation was being released. the military had little public reaction today after computer hackers claimed they stole the confidential client list of stratfor, a security firm. its clients
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Dec 29, 2011 7:00pm EST
't think the monitors are being given proper access to assess what's going on in syria and the death toll keeps rising. >> sreenivasan: the syrian opposition claimed at least 26 people were killed nationwide today. kim jong un was officially declared north korea's new supreme leader today. the announcement came at a massive public memorial service for his late father kim jong-il who died of a heart attack nearly two weeks ago. huge crowds turned out in pyongyang's main square for the ceremonies. kim jong un who is in his late twenties looked on from a nearby balcony, along with top party and military officials. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to ray. >> suarez: one of the main issues of the election season under way is the sluggish state of the economy. things are not nearly as bleak as they were at the depths of the recession. but for many americans, it's going to be a long road back to financial health, and the kind of prospects they once believed they had. "newshour" economics correspondent paul solman saw this extensively in his coverage of the past year, part of
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Dec 14, 2011 6:30pm EST
in the world. >> reporter: add to that worries about turmoil in north africa. >> egypt, syria, yemen-- all three of which have some oil production, but they also have much greater ramification-- instability there has much greater ramification across their neighbors. >> reporter: given the tug of war in the marketplace, many experts think energy prices will remain volatile. this time of year also tends to be a low-volume market as traders close their books and head out on vacation. erika miller, "nightly business report," new york. >> tom: still ahead, avon's calling for a new c.e.o. the struggling door-to-door cosmetics retailer separates the roles of its chairman and c.e.o. from another round of stress tests to rules on banks trading with their own money, 2012 is shaping up to be another year of new rules and new pressures for banks. kelly king is the chairman and c.e.o. of bb&t. he joins us from winston-salem, north carolina. happy holidays to you, sir, nice to see you again. >> thank you, tom, happy holidays to you as well. >> tom: as you look at the new regulatory environment continuin
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Dec 16, 2011 8:00pm EST
. gwen: if iran, the threat is up, syria's threat is up, maybe that provides the pretext. >> and all of these things are things that the white house has been very eager not to talk about. last thing they want stepping on their story about the end. war in iraq is conversation about new military involvement. it's not going to be anything like we've seen lately. but there's always -- there is an outstanding question about that. >> laura, i felt the white house really rolled out the red carpet. and they had a number of really high-profile events with the president of iraq. maliki. how is that relationship? >> you know, it's interesting. because i don't think the two of them are particularly close. but they both had their own domestic political concerns which lined up. maliki needs american troops out of iraq as much as obama needs to get out of iraq. and so essentially, that put them on the same path. and because of that, they're sort of partners in arms. they spent a lot of time one on one together. in the oval office. really discussing some very sensitive issues. and what was -- a fair
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Nov 30, 2011 11:30pm EST
's going to happen in syria. >> so these uprisings that caught everybody by surprise, are a reality that we have to de with. and there are two things that can happen. one is that you can be sure that there are people hard at work and to make sure they don't tu out the way the demonstrators want. in fact, if they can create a whole group of little irans all over the place that's what they want we need to be awe of what' going on. secondly, we need to think much harder about what our response is in order to shape the environment, to make the outcome be favorable. and for the first time in 60 years, it's not about sending them the six fleets or the marines or the air force or army or special forces. it's about providing them with economic assistance and training and coaching on how you can reshape your economy. how you can live, how a government can end up in more transparent way respt of human rights and be the government of these visionaries are trying to shape. and it's extremely important that it come out as close as possible thaway. now with a lot of people that i talked to, it said that
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Dec 22, 2011 7:00pm EST
in syria today, but there is no letup in the regime's deadly crackdown on dissent. video posted on the internet appears to show syrian tanks rolling into cities that support the uprising against president bashar al assad. a syrian human rights group says 22 civilians were killed just today. shaken by an earthquake. the damage report for the washington monument, next. and get a cold... ...you need a cold medicine with a heart. only coricidin hbp has a heart, right here. it's the only cold and flu brand that won't raise your blood pressure. coricidin hbp. powerful cold medicine with a heart. you spend all day cooking it. so why spend even a moment considering any broth but swanson? the broth cooks trust most to make the meal folks spend all year waiting for. in stuffing and more, the secret is swanson. some baby formula from more than 3,000 stores. one infant died from a rare bacterial infection in missouri this week after being fed enfamil newborn powdered formula. the bacteria is sometimes found in formula. the manufacturer says that initial tests show that the batch was not tai
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Dec 28, 2011 7:00pm EST
turmoil erupted across syria today, as the presence of arab league peace monitors failed to stop the violence. activists reported security forces killeat least sixst people in the city of hama and there was word of new shootings in homs, as well. we have a report narrated by cordelia lynch of "independent television news." >> reporter: gunfire on the streets of hama as the army shoots at demonstrators. "freedom will be forever," they cry as teargas is thrown at them. closeby in homs, the monitors sent to observe are forced to dodge bullets. shortly after, their leader stated nothing frightening was happening there. but in the same city they're led as they step outside a clear view of the tanks so publicly withdrawn. yet, the protesters keen to peacefully demonstrate have little faith in the ability of the observers. >> ( translated ): we could not go to the square to demonstrate because the army was shooting at us. where are the monitors. in my opinion, it's better for them to pack their bags and go back home. >> reporter: but they may be leaving the beginnings of a civil war. th
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Dec 1, 2011 7:00pm EST
.n.'s top human rights official concluded today that syria has plunged into a civil war. navi pillay said the death toll may be far higher than the official figure of 4,000 killed since the syrian uprising began, eight months ago. also today, the u.s., the european union and the arab league imposed additional sanctions on a dozen leading syrians and eleven syrian companies. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: hillary clinton in burma-- a country not seen by a u.s. secretary of state in more than 50 years. margaret warner has the story. >> warner: secretary clinton is spending three days in the isolated nation. "washington post" correspondent willian juan who is traveling with her joins us by phone. william, thanks for being with us. relations between the u.s. and the military regime in burma have been in a deep freeze for a couple of decades. how is secretary clinton beeigec rveec? >> she's been received well. she ithrss fi ut.s. official ever to set foot in the presidential palace, this ornate, somewhat gaudy mansion that looks like it's built for
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Dec 2, 2011 7:00pm EST
violence raged across syria today. activists said at least nine people died and dozens were woded. the worst of it was arod a town near the border with lebanon. explosions and heavy gunfire there lasted for more than six hours. at the same time, members of the syrian uprising reported that, in november alone, at least 950 people were killed, the deadliest month yet. large sections of the american west were picking up today from a violent wind storm on thursday. hundreds of buildings were damaged, and several cities declared emergencies. on utah highways, 18-wheeler trucks were tossed like toys. debris flew at upward of 100 miles an hour in some places across southwest. surfers took advantage to ride virtually-unheard-of windblown waves on northern california's lake tahoe. and everywhere, large trees snapped and splintered... >> we couldn't even get out. we had to crawl through trees. we thought it was going to come through the house. >> holman: high winds are a late fall ixture for parts of california and the baja peninsula, but thursday's big blow was once-in-a-decade. a strong h
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Dec 13, 2011 7:00pm EST
to close at 2579. at least 28 people were killed in violence across syria today. in one incident, antigovernment activists said security opened fire on a funeral procession near the turkish border. and a syrian human rights group reported an american-born syrian blogger, razan ghazzawi, has been charged with spreading false information and trying to weaken national sentiment. in belgium, a man armed with grenades and an assault rifle launched a deadly assault on holiday shoppers in the city of liege. all told, four people died, and more than 120 were wounded. we have a report from martin geissler of independent television news. >> reporter: without any warning or obvious motive, 32-year-old created mayhem in this belgian marketplace today. from a vantage point above the shoppers he threw at least three grenades and opened fire with automatic weapons before turning a gun on himself. two teenagers and a pensioner were killed. a two-year-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital tonight. others are receiving treatment for their injuries. eyewitnesses spoke of the chaos that unfo
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